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On Medicaid expansion, Jindal should embrace his own plan

Article: On expanding Medicaid, however, Jindal has reversed course. He now opposes extending coverage to Louisiana’s working poor under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s too expensive, he says.
Five years ago, Jindal was dying to pay 30 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid. What would be Louisiana’s share of expanding Medicaid under the ACA? Nothing for the first three years; afterwards, 10 percent.
In 2008, Jindal’s health secretary spoke about the urgency of expanding Medicaid and of preserving beneficiaries’ “dignity.” Jindal’s administration has now dropped such talk. “Soon there will be more people riding in the cart than people pulling the cart,” Jindal complained last April.
In 2008, these individuals had “dignity.” Today, they’re just bums asking for a free ride.
What’s changed?



Originally, Louisiana Sen. Landrieu cut a deal in the new Healthcare bill in 2012 –so Louisiana would not be penalized for federal money pouring into the state after Hurricane Katrina. The fix was to help Louisiana avoid cuts in the Federal Medicaid portion—the state paying a higher rate. Since it looked like economically, Louisiana was doing well, but it was artificially high because of Federal aid, which would make the state pay more for their portion of Medicaid.
Democrat-Blue Dog-Sen. Landrieu was doing her job looking out for her state. For her troubles, she was called names such as a whore—I think that was started by
Rush Limbaugh on his radio show. Then the name-calling continued with the many, many Louisiana Southern GOP radio show listeners. I saw it as Ignorant Hate for anyone or anything Democrat. And of course, Southern GOP hate for Obama’s Healthcare Bill.

Louisiana took a big hit after Hurricane Katrina–the poor the most. Sen. Landrieu was making sure any state in the United States suffering after a disaster would not be penalized from the Medicaid Rates.

These Medicaid and healthcare cuts in Louisiana–I wonder if it has anything to do with Gov. Jindal wanting to Privatization everything. He just put in school vouchers to Religious Schools.

Something big is up here and I am looking into it. I think I will start with Gov. Jindal’s belief system–it is very extreme. I know he is on the short list –on Romeny’s VP list. Since I have a disabled brother that I see to in his care in a Nursing Home –I keep an eye open in Louisiana’s Medicaid and Mental Healthcare. Big cuts are happening fast—too fast for anyone to figure what is going on. Maybe that is the idea too.

The GOP governors in these states do not want to take any of the Federal Medicaid money in the New Healthcare Law. They want to stick it to Obama–but the poor and the uninsured will be the ones that suffer. Because of their Anti-Obama Politics.

In the ACA–The federal government will pick up 100% of the cost for the first three years and 90 percent for the next 5. Right now, the federal government pays 57% of Medicaid’s costs in Louisiana.

Sand berms a dubious solution: A guest column by Len Bahr

panic, grandstanding, and drama


On the basis of 22 years of academic training and experience in coastal science and 18 years of policy experience in the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, I’m strongly opposed to the governor’s sand berm project for the following nine reasons:

1) Absence of science: Vague plans for the sand barriers were hastily drawn up by “outside experts” from Holland, with no input from Louisiana coastal scientists. Project details subsequently released have been universally panned by these scientists.

2) Questionable justification: The sand dredging project was proposed by and heavily lobbied by vested dredging interests, and it reeks of potential conflicts.

3) Opportunity cost: This emergency and temporary project will deplete and waste finite sand resources needed for a credible barrier shoreline nourishment project.

4) Environmental cost: Dredging holes in the very delta that we’re trying to restore is irrational.

5) Changes to natural flow regime: Attempting to barricade tidal passes speeds up water velocity, causing barrier island erosion and potentially sucking even more oil into the estuary.

6) Lengthy construction time: The contractors project a completion date nine months away, by which time deflecting BP oil could be a moot issue.

7) Sand berm fragility: Sand-filled Hesco baskets (a type of sand berm) completed three weeks ago by the Louisiana National Guard along Holly Beach to protect against BP oil washed away like sand castles during a glancing blow by Hurricane Alex.

8) Dubious benefits: A huge volume of crude oil has already drifted into the very marsh areas that would supposedly be protected by sand barriers. Completed berms could trap rather than repel some of this oil.

9) An alternative active response: Whether or not BP pays for the sand barrier project, there are more effective and risk-free ways to spend $350 million. For example, I estimate that for that amount 2 million tons of oil-absorbing hay could be spread on the oil by boats and planes, soaking up perhaps 4 million tons of oil, then raked up by shrimp boats for onshore disposal.

I’m not alone in challenging this project, although I can afford to be more vocal than most of my science colleagues. Many of them, along with their employers, fear the financial consequences of alienating Gov. Jindal, who tolerates no criticism of his sand berm fantasy.

Len Bahr, Ph.D., is a former LSU marine sciences faculty member who served 18 years as a coastal policy adviser to Louisiana governors from Buddy Roemer to Bobby Jindal. He edits LaCoastPost.com.

In Louisiana, politics keeps getting in the way of science:

By Jarvis DeBerry


Berms always seemed like a bad idea: A letter to the editor.


Louisianans bleed Together, Louisianans suffer Together, Louisianans survive Together


 Another tragedy is unfolding. Another One! I scream irately and angrily to the heavens.

How can this be? How unfair and how are we going to, now, survive this, I desperately ask.


I know here in New Orleans, where I now live (Crowley, Cajun country originally) we have had our share of hardship and difficulties. Many of us frighten, despaired and overwhelmed what we experienced nearing 5 years ago. Hurricane Katrina’s anniversary is in August. And Hurricane Rita gust in without much delay, giving Louisiana no break or rest. It seems barley enough time to catch our breath, even though we sweat it out every hurricane season since. The experience of the “big one” has left many of us edgy, anxious and nervous. It has been a challenge for us all.


Now here is once more another challenge. The oil spill in the gulf that threatens our, ecosystem, shoreline and seafood industries. For many of us, our distress are concentrated on our wetlands which have become more defenseless by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. I recognize I have. For us to undergo another “big one” our coast is the first line of defense to our survival. Ever since these potential, massive hurricanes, my intense coastal and wetland focus has been like a laser, zeroing on which is most important for Southern Louisiana’s continued existence.


However, the health and wellbeing for our future lies right now with– us– which are our local oil field experts and workers. The men on these oil rigs, the ones that will–and I have confidence–will plug the blowout and stop the damage–the bleeding–they are US.

They are family and friends, mutual Louisiana citizens, who are well aware how important their job is, for us as well as for themselves and their family.


Much is at stake to our livelihood, our environment and our way of life.


These challenges, taken together– standing together as community, we can accomplish much. Louisianans bleed Together, Louisianans suffer Together, Louisianans survive Together. Let us not be divided. Division will only hinder, obstruct and hamper.


I am not liking what I am seeing out there, in the media, in the newspapers, on the news programs– the cynics, the name-calling, the finger-pointing, the conspiracy theories, none of this helps. In fact, this is not the” best of us” but the “worst of us”. To solve big problems such as this, it will take the “best of us”.  When the fringes dominate the debate–it doesn’t make for good course of action. Careless language reduces the ability to solve problems or produce any agreement among us. It mainly produces anger. Lots of us are frustrated, concerned, worried, questioning, doubtful, uncertain, searching, and yes, even hopeful. Some of these emotions guide us into good problem-solving but anger seldom does.


Let us not be swayed by those, who want to divide and who have a very different “agenda” than Louisianans. Lost within these harsh and loud voices is the image of what Louisianans are really about, what Louisianans stand for and what Louisianans need. Louisiana right now, need leaders and citizens with balanced, fair and intelligent reasoning to work out very difficult situations we find ourselves.


For myself and identifying with many –Louisiana, the New Orleans area and specially Cajun country, this is my country, this is our country,  it is about–an up-bringing, a background, a personal history of ancestors and descendants, an environment of people, relationships, relatives and family.

This is what makes us strong. This is what unites.


United, Louisiana and its people will overcome fear, despair and anger for we know these emotions weaken us as a person, weaken us as a society. We will, be stronger than this, we will, be stronger than the ones that want to divide us. We will, embrace our challenges, we will, accept. And in our support of one another, we will, succeed.


Our better-selves are already at work, working together. The enterprising and creative circle of community is hard at work—Our Oil Workers(Justin, Logan, Kyle), Shrimpers, Community Outreach Coordinators (BP) , Coastal Parish Governments, Audubon Nature Institute, Seafood Industry, Federal Homeland Security, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness( Lee), Corp of Engineers(Danny), Gulf Restoration Network, Wildlife and Fisheries, Coast Guard, National Guard, and our local volunteers of Louisiana citizens.


 Taking sides is unnecessary and counter-productive because:


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